The British pound/U.S. dollar (GBP/USD) currency pair has remained largely supported after the Bank of England’s policy decision on Thursday. The BoE decided to keep interest rates unchanged last week but the meeting was nonetheless seen as being hawkish since three MPC members voted for a rate hike rather than just the two expected. The pound rallied sharply on that day and it eked out a gain on Friday even if it closed off its best levels.
The pound came under pressure following this morning’s publication of key UK economic data, although the losses were limited as Mark Carney, the Bank of England Governor, reiterated that an interest rate rise was on the horizon.